VISTAS Software

The current version of VISTAS (along with a change log) is available for download.  VISTAS will run on both Windows and Mac, but the Mac version is new and not been fully tested.

Minimum Requirements for running VISTAS:
1.  Windows OS
2. OpenGL 3.0 or greater

If you want to find out what version of OpenGL is on your computer, you can download and run the OpenGLExtensions Viewer .  When you run it, you will see something like this.

To install VISTAS, download the file VISTAS….zip to your computer. This compressed zip file contains in its name the current version you are downloading.  For example contains VISTAS version 11.1.    In addition to the .exe you will use to install VISTAS, this file includes the dll’s,  png’s, shader codes, etc.  To install VISTAS, simply click on the .exe file.

You will also want to download VISTAS Sample Files, so you can confirm that VISTAS  runs properly on your machine.

  1. the VISTAS QuickStartGuide gives you a feeling for what the system should look like, using one of the sample files you will download.
  2. You can also download three  “how to” videos and user documentation
    The videos cover

    1. basic usage (getting started)
    2. exporting visualizations (e.g., for presentations)
    3. creating fly-throughs
      The (same) videos are available on YouTube

      How-To Documents are in a separate folder at this site.  When you click on that folder, you will see a list of documents, which you can then download one by one.   The most recent documentation for VISTAS, labelled for version 1.9.0, is unchanged for the most recent release of VISTAS (1.10.1 and beyond).

See the VISTAS Introduction for an Overview of VISTAS functionality, some history of the project, and some sample visualizations.

VISTAS is still under active development, and we remind potential users that it is still a research prototype. Though ease of use is a high priority, our science collaborators have asked that we focus on additional functionality

For Developers’ Documentation see VISTAS internals

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